Analyst house Gartner has predicted that more than a billion smartphones and tablets will be sold next year, leaving corporate PC sales in the dust.
According to Gartner, smartphone and tablet purchases will hit 821 million in 2012, accounting for 70 percent of all devices sold. Even more will be sold next year, it added.
But the appetite for these so-called smart devices promises further security headaches for IT chiefs, as Android-based devices are predicted to account for 56 percent of smartphone purchases by 2016.
Firms will also have to grapple with another driver of mobile working, the tablet. Gartner estimated that businesses will buy 13 million tablets in 2012 and will more than triple their purchases by 2016, to reach 53 million tablets.
“Today the wide range of brands and price points that the Android ecosystem is offering is winning over users. While Apple remains the heartbeat by which the market moves, Google has rapidly become its arch rival,” said Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner.
“For most businesses smartphones and tablets will not entirely replace PCs, but the ubiquity of smartphones and the increasing popularity of tablets are changing the way businesses look at their device strategies and the way consumers embrace devices,” she added.
Gartner's predictions chime with similar reports for analyst group IDC, which recently reported that Android is rapidly gaining momentum in the tablet market.
But while such reports will be music to Google's ears, IT chiefs may be less thrilled. Android has consistently be highlighted as smartphone and tablet hackers' target of choice. Android is regarded as vulnerable because of the relatively open nature of some of third party app stores.
Meanwhile, Gartner's latest predictions also deliver more bad news for BlackBerry maker Research in Motion.
Milanesi predicted that Microsoft's Windows 8 will take third place in the business tablet market, behind Android and iOS, and could account for 39 percent of enterprise tablet purchases by 2016.
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